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Bush, Turkish PM Discuss PKK, Middle East

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President Bush and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the White House Wednesday for talks that covered Turkish issues and the broader Middle East.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan provided details on the talks after Mr. Bush and Mr. Erdogan made brief remarks to reporters.

The spokesman said the two leaders discussed how to deal with the PKK, a separatist Kurdish group that the United States considers a terrorist organization. Ankara says PKK fighters are crossing the border from Iraq to carry out attacks in Turkey.

McClellan said Mr. Bush also expressed continued support for Turkey's effort to join the European Union.

In his own comments, President Bush said Turkey's democracy is an important example to people in the Middle East. He also said Washington and Ankara have the same desire to help the Palestinians achieve their own state living side-by-side in peace with Israel.

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